GDG- Slavery in the South

keith mackenzie bluzdad at
Fri Jan 6 10:27:08 CST 2012

And they really like to be in gangs.

"Hello! I'm The Doctor."
(Dr. Who)

From: Jack Lawrence <jlawrence at>
To: GDG <gettysburg at> 
Sent: Friday, January 6, 2012 11:15 AM
Subject: Re: GDG- Slavery in the South

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
No doubt about it. The younger they are, the less of a social conscience they have developed.

They are mostly shallow (some of us old guys are too!!!!).

Youg men do the fighting, old men do the killing.


----- Original Message ----- From: "George Connell" <georgeconnell at>
To: "GDG" <gettysburg at>
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 9:47 AM
Subject: Re: GDG- Slavery in the South

> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> As in most wars, geography was destiny. Young men fight for their country or region simply because that's where they live.
> It's my experience that their grasp of or interest in the issues is very shallow. Testosterone and social pressure are the keys to understanding their motivation. Once in the army small-unit loyalty keeps them fighting.
> Regards,
> George
> On Jan 6, 2012, at 9:07 AM, Nancy Householder <pipecreek1430 at> wrote:
>> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>> Most Southerner fought to defend their homes and familes. The slave owning aristoracy controlled the politics
>> of the states and pushed for seccesion. They then convinced everyone else to fight to defend your homes and
>> familys from the Yankees and the Black Republicans. They spread the lie that the Black Republicans were out
>> to not just free the slaves, but give the negros equality with the whites, and let Negro men marry white women!
>> Even the poorest white, was considered better than the negro on the social scale. Now the Black Republicans
>> were out to make the negros equal with the whites!  Heresy!  Quick, sign up to fight for the Confederacy!!!
>> Nancy Householder
>> ________________________________
>> From: John Grim <jgrim1941 at>
>> To: gettysburg at
>> Sent: Thursday, January 5, 2012 8:19 PM
>> Subject: GDG- Slavery in the South
>> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>> Esteemed Members
>> 0ne concept that I would like to throw out has seldom been touched and that
>> is"Why would the average southerner fight to support slavery when less than
>> one in four owned a slave and an even smaller percentage had plantations
>> with a considerable number of slaves".
>> 0bviously people who owned many slaves and great plantations were looked on
>> in most communities as wealthy and successful and living a very indolent
>> lifestyle.  The average southerner maintained his small farms with himself
>> and sons.  A man with a lot of land was looked on as extremely successful.
>> If you owned a few horses or mules you were probably more successful
>> Therefore, if you could ever get a few slaves to help you work your farm
>> you would start to gain wealth and have a greater status in your community.
>> 0wning slaves created status and wealth.  In a day when only the rich went
>> to college owning a slave became the way to success.  Believing the North
>> was going to destroy the only quick way to gaining status made many
>> southerners believe their way of life was being destroyed.........just my
>> thougts.
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